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Seamus has hit at this before; been meaning to respond because I think it displays a fundamental misunderstanding of Tumblr. Namely, that it is designed to be consumed/experienced primarily on the public-facing side.
In fact, while you can easily read this Tumblr like any other blog, and even, like most other blogs, make a comment down below, the real interaction is designed to take place among Tumblr users within the dashboard. In the case of Newsweek, posts usually averaged between 20 and 200 notes (that is, ‘likes’ and ‘reblogs’ of a particular post); some were as high as 3,000 notes.
That’s a significant level of engagement, and one that, if anything, is actually underrated.
We feel a little like the kid on the playground whose dad just stood up for us against the neighborhood bully.
It’s exactly this potential for engagement that Mark refers to that excites us most about Tumblr. Reading us from the front end is fine and dandy, but you’re selling your experience short. We want you to talk to us, share with us, argue with us. Seriously, we love it.
Shahzad apparently hung around the airport unnoticed for an hour or two. When his flight was called for boarding, he was allowed to board the flight unhindered.
About 10:40 p.m., after his flight to Dubai had already started boarding, officers from the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Bureau, who are responsible for collecting passenger manifests for a final vetting, got the passenger list for Shahzad’s flight, the official said. The list was transmitted for review to the Terrorist Screening Center, a Washington, D.C.-area interagency unit managed by the FBI which is responsible for maintaining terrorist screening databases, including the national “no-fly list.” A quick check of the list by the center turned up Shahzad’s name, which had been entered on the master no-fly list just hours earlier. The center alerted CBP officers at Kennedy Airport that the main Times Square bombing suspect had apparently been allowed to board a plane.
This, from Spytap, is really kind, especially because he’s so forgiving of our dumb sense of humor.
Berlusconi to Tiger: Time to Come to Italy- Newsweek
An imaginary letter from Italy’s prime minister to America’s fallen angel. Un Forte Abbraccio (A Big Hug). Even the photo editor had some fun with this one.
Newsweek has been doing some really awesome stuff on Tumblr. In addition to being great reporters and curators, they’re featuring a lot of the smart and interesting content created by the Tumblr community.
Check them out!
Thanks! We have to point out that, well, the credit here goes to everyone else—Peter Vidani for the excellent theme; Meaghano for her kind emails that got us up of our editorial asses; Frank, Summers and Romano for the heavy lifting; Frangry, with love and squalor; Shutupweirdo for sheer lunacy; and, of course, all the people we follow. You guys are the best.